Courtesy of Politico

More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”

The letter, signed on Monday, centers around a batch of documents released by the New York Post last week that purport to tie the Democratic nominee to his son Hunter’s business dealings. Under the banner headline “Biden Secret E-mails,” the Post reported it was given a copy of Hunter Biden’s laptop hard drive by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who said he got it from a Mac shop owner in Delaware who also alerted the FBI.

While the letter’s signatories presented no new evidence, they said their national security experience had made them “deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case” and cited several elements of the story that suggested the Kremlin’s hand at work.

“If we are right,” they added, “this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this.”

Look I am not an expert on Russian disinformation campaigns, but even I knew this thing was bullshit from the word “go.” 

First of all, it is yet another email “scandal” which is the Russian’s favorite go-to move. 

Secondly, the whole idea that somebody who was supposed to be repairing a laptop would rifle through the messages and then contact folks in Trump’s inner circle seems hinky.

And third any story promoted by Rudy Giuliani should always be considered suspect right off the bat.

And then you add to that the desperate attempt the conservative media made to keep this story percolating on social media, more or less proves that they know that it cannot survive any real scrutiny by actual journalists. 

Of course, Trump is working overtime to make it a thing. 

Courtesy of Fox News:

President Trump on Tuesday said Attorney General William Barr needs to “act” and “appoint somebody” after nearly a dozen House Republicans urged him to tap a special counsel to investigate alleged revelations coming from a laptop purported to have belonged to Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

During an exclusive interview with “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, the president criticized his Democratic opponent and Hunter Biden, saying he “walked around like a vacuum.”

“This is the laptop from hell,” Trump said.

Yeah, once the guy who for years claimed he had evidence that Barack Obama was not born in this country calls something “a big story” that is where reasonable people simply stop listening.